Hudson Yards 2: Construction

As mentioned before in my introduction article to Hudson Yards, this is a project of unprecedented size and value for New York, and unique in many aspects. In addition to that, its construction is incredibly complex, making it one of the most elaborate projects in New York’s history.

The 28-acre project will be the largest development project to ever be built in the United States and it is being constructed over West Side Yard, which allows trains to be stored during the day. The land to be used is bordered on the south by 30th Street and Chelsea, on the west by 12th Avenue, on the north by 33rd Street and Hell’s Kitchen, and on the east by 10th Avenue. Going through the building site is 11th Avenue, splitting the project in two separate phases.

In order not to obstruct the Long Island Rail Road from storing trains on the location during the day, the developers at Related Companies drilled caissons into the bedrock all over the building site, which allowed for a platform to be built. The eastern platform on the site comprises of 16 bridges and it was finished in late 2015, while the western platform will be done by the end of 2016.

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